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Hunton & Williams to open Boston office

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Hunton & Williams LLP is opening a Boston office with 14 lawyers from national litigation boutique firm Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

The expansion comes less than four weeks after the Hunton & Williams, the second-largest law firm in Virginia, announced plans to merge with Texas-based Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.

Both deals will take effect April 2.

With the Andrews Kurth Kenyon merger, Hunton & Williams will become Hunton Andrews Kurth, a firm with more than 1,000 lawyers.

In the Boston expansion, Harry L. Manion III will join Hunton & Williams after leaving Manion Gaynor & Manning, which he co-founded in 1984.

Also joining Hunton & Williams is Martin Gaynor, the head of Manion Gaynor & Manning’s commercial litigation practice, who will serve as managing partner of the Boston office, and former Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly. Two other partners, three senior counsel and six associates also will join the firm.

Founded in Richmond in 1901, Hunton & Williams currently has more than 725 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

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